TeachNZ Scholarships

Applications for the 2020 TeachNZ Scholarship Programme have recently closed.

If you applied for a 2020 TeachNZ scholarship in the third application round, you will be notified of your outcome on 17th July.

The scholarship programme will reopen later this year.

Our scholarships support you on your journey towards being a great teacher. We can cover the cost of your course fees and pay you an allowance throughout the duration of your study.

2021 Programme

The 2021 application dates and key information will be made available soon. 

If you are planning on enrolling, or are already enrolled on, an approved ITE programme - you are eligible for one of our five scholarships.

Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, a school leaver or a career changer, have the passion to teach early learning, primary, secondary or in immersion settings; there are great choices available for you.

The table below outlines the scholarships that will be available in the 2021 programme – they cover early learning, primary, secondary and immersion settings. Find out more information about the scholarships by following the links to the left of this page.

Updated Scholarship Table Early Learning5


You will be able to apply for the 2021 programme online, or by post.

We hold cultural competencies, passion and life experience in the same regard as your academic history. Our application form is designed to let you show this off!

You can apply for multiple scholarships, but can only be granted one. Part-time options are available.

Applications are awarded by an independent panel after each application round. As well as judging an application on its merit the panel also consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme.

For more information and tips on applying click here.

2020 Applicants - Certified Documents

With the current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) alert levels, we understand that you may not have been able to provide certified copies of the documents that supported your 2020 application.

We will continue to accept copies of supporting documents that have not been certified

Please be aware that you will have to send us certified copies of if your scholarship application is successful. 

Our Aims

The scholarship programme has three roles in contributing to equity and excellent outcomes:

  1. It helps enable equitable access to teaching by reducing/minimising significant barriers that some individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand have in entering initial teacher education.
  2. It addresses equity by supporting people from the communities who are underserved by the system, to enter the system through initial teacher education.
  3. It supports the system to deliver excellent outcomes by getting the right teachers in the right place at the right time. For example, scholarship criteria is weighted to address areas that are experiencing teacher supply pressure such as:
    • specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori
    • specific sectors e.g. ECE, Primary, Secondary, Māori Medium
    • specific regions or settings e.g. Auckland, Southland, Gisborne/East Coast, rural and isolated schools.

We are dedicated to supporting to the revitalization of Te Reo and rewarding our Māori and Pacific leaders of tomorrow.

Existing Scholarship Holder?

If you are currently a recipient of one of our scholarships you can click here to find out more information about payment applications, bonding and assistance in finding employment.

Need help?

Remember, we're here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us on teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

You can also learn more about our scholarships by watching the videos and exploring the links on the left of this page.

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